Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Our Disney Vacation Part 2: Day 1

Once we got settled in at the hotel, unpacked and had some lunch, we headed out to The Magic Kingdom. It was super crowded. The crazy thing was that we ran into some people from church! What were the odds of that happening? They were Disney regulars as they have family that live in Orlando. They said in all the years they had been coming to Disney, they had never seen it THAT crowded. Lucky us eh?

First we rode the train that goes all around the park. Unfortunately, Toontown was being expanded so we didn't get to see any of that. Next we caught the tail end of some parade, and we headed for Splash Mountain. It was an hour wait but luckily there were some kids her age in line behind us to cause mischief with. Guess where they were from? Illinois. Blockette loved the ride. Me, not so much. I got drenched all the way to my skivvies. Somehow we got seated in the front of the ride. I still don't know how Mrblocko and Blockette did NOT get wet at all. I think they must have crouched down or something.

We saw that you could get a fast pass for later in the evening to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. A fast past lets you advance to the head of the line. We thought, hey, let's grab one of those and go on the ride after dinner. By the time we had done all that we had just enough time to ride Cinderella's carousel and look through a few shops around the castle.. (clockwise from the top left: Crowds, Cinderella carousel, 2 super cool mosaics inside Cinderella's castle.)

The best part of the day by far was the princess dinner at Cinderella's Castle. We got to meet Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora and Belle. The food was really good, but we could not get Blockette to eat. Not even a cupcake. We were in the last section of the dining area that the princesses came to visit. Blockette was far to worried that she wasn't going to get to meet them to bother with trifles like food. My favorite part of the dinner was when Ariel came to our table. She asked if we traveled by coach and talked about how her and Prince Eric had traveled all day. Blockette told her we flew on an airplane. Then Ariel asked if we flapped our arms like her friend Skuttle the seagull did. Blockette then went on to describe how an airplane took off and landed. Ariel was just fascinated!

Throughout the whole dinner I found myself getting all misty eyed because Blockette was SOOOO excited. It was indescribable how much joy I got watching Blockette interact with the princesses. At one point Blockette did wonder where Snow White was. I told her she was probably busy visiting the seven dwarfs. At the end of the dinner all the kids got wishing stars and magic wands or swords. They all closed their eyes and said "Bibbity Bobbity Boo" in unison and the whole room twinkled and glowed as the Fairy Godmother made their wish come true.

By the time dinner was over, Blockette (and me) were about ready to fall over. We decided against going on the roller coaster and voted to head back to the hotel to get some sleep. I think she was out about a minute after her head hit the pillow, only because she was fighting so hard to stay awake.

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